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Chattanooga National Cemetery Veterans Day Ceremony

In recognition of all military members who have served or are currently serving our nation, a ceremony will be held 11 AM, Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at Chattanooga National Cemetery. The ceremony will take place at the Armed Forces Pavilion with keynote speaker Jesse “Bud” Alley.

The Chattanooga National Cemetery and the Chattanooga Area Veterans Council would like to invite all Veterans, family members and the public to the 2015 Veterans Day program at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War, and a special tribute will offer recognition to all Vietnam-Era Veterans (combat and non-combat) who served during the Vietnam War years. The Alhambra Shrine will provide bagpipe music featuring the Highlander Pipes & Drums and the Choo-Choo Chorus will sing traditional songs and medleys. Jesse “Bud” Alley, Vietnam Veteran and Silver Star recipient will be the keynote speaker. 

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 203 will have the Tennessee Vietnam Memorial Wall and the Georgia Vietnam Veterans Plaque on display at the Chattanooga National Cemetery, starting at 3:00 p.m. November 10 until 3:00 p.m. November 11, 2015. The wall lists 1,292 names of Tennessee servicemen killed during the Vietnam War. The plaque lists the names of Vietnam Veterans killed from Whitfield, Walker, Catoosa, and Dade County, Georgia. 

Chattanooga National Cemetery staff will raise 208 American Flags on 14-foot flagpoles on both sides of the cemetery roadway Tuesday morning, November 10, 2015. This display of American flags is called an “Avenue of Flags” and is a primary display of respect for the service performed by our Nation's Veterans. All these flags once draped a deceased Veteran’s casket, which afterward was folded and presented to the next-of-kin who in turn donated it to the Chattanooga National Cemetery to fly on Memorial Day, Veterans Day and other significant days, when weather permits.

On this day, we celebrate the service, sacrifice, and enduring achievements of almost 22 million living Americans who served our Nation in uniform—at home and abroad—during times of both war and peace. On the 11th day of the 11th month, as we have in so many years past, Americans will reflect on our way of life and pay tribute to the men and women who made it all possible. 

In countless ceremonies repeated across the country, Americans will pause to honor those who earned the title of ‘Veteran’—men and women who gave of themselves what no one day of tribute can ever truly honor, and what no words of appreciation can fully acknowledge.

Chattanooga National Cemetery Address: 1200 Bailey Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404
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Touching poem brought to us this week by one of the families we are serving titled: "A Mother's Love". We wanted to share in hopes that maybe it would help someone else.

A Mother’s love is something that no one can explain,
It is a deep devotion of sacrifice and pain.
Now that I must leave you for a little while,
Please do not grieve but,
Start out bravely with a great smile.
And for my sake and in my name,
Live on and do all things the same.
Don't be lonely on empty days,
Fill each working hour in useful ways,
Reach out your hand in comfort and cheer,
And I in turn will comfort and hold you dear.
And never, never be afraid to die, 
For I will be waiting for you in the sky.
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We are proud to offer a completely unique idea to families they serve in the North Georgia and Chattanooga area. With the dawn of 3-D printing we are now able to create an urn for a loved one to be anything you tell us. 
While creating our first 3-D urn we wanted to make something symbolic of our region. The Brotherton cabin in Chickamauga National Battlefield came to mind. The historic cabin has been visited by countless generations making their way to Chickamauga National Park. 

We’re excited to offer something to families that can truly be anything special or symbolic for their loved one. Perhaps dad had a mint green, 57 Chevy, with a dent in the back bumper from when he let his son drive it to prom, and a box of 8-tracks in the back seat, and a license plate that said "Dads 57"…all these details are included in the urn design. The imagination is the only limitation. 
Each urn is created with an inner chamber to house the ashes of your loved one. The honoree’s name and date is incorporated in the design as well. 

If a custom urn described above would be a meaningful remembrance for you or your family our staff would be honored to sit down and explore ideas. Every life is unique and we’re privileged to hear your life story.
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Yesterday we had the honor of donating Officer Turnipseed, who just joined the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department, his personal body armor. These brave men and women do so much to take care of our community so we wanted to give back and help take care of them. Again, thank you Officer Turnipseed and thank you Fort Oglethorpe Police Department for allowing us the opportunity.
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Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory is pleased to begin offering the Funeral Ark to the families we serve who select cremation. The Funeral Ark helps bridge the gap between cremation and a traditional service. The craftsmanship of the Ark creates a dignified and beautiful presentation of any urn by providing a focal point in a visitation room, church or chapel. The Ark also provides the option to showcase photographs, floral tributes and memorabilia next to the honored urn. 

Being named a pallbearer is one of the greatest honors in our society. The Funeral Ark allows an urn to be carried traditionally by pallbearers during a memorial service or when going from the funeral home to a church or cemetery. Incorporating the use of pallbearers keeps ceremonies personal as well as honors those selected to serve. 
Expertly crafted of solid cherry hardwood, the Ark can accommodate urns of nearly any size or shape with dignity and grace.
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Thank you so much Dr. David Sampson and everyone that makes up the Parkway Baptist family! Parkway Baptist recently extended their appreciation to the many organizations that serve the North Georgia community. We are honored to be included. From all of us at Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory Battlefield Pkwy, thank you!
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Thank you for voting Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway the “Best of the Best” in 2015! For 17 years we have been fortunate to serve our Chattanooga and North Georgia community, and we are humbled with your votes. Winning this distinction, for the 5th year in a row, is a tribute to the families we are honored and blessed to serve. It has been our pleasure to serve you. We will continue in our effort to provide the highest level of care to the families we have the privilege to serve. From all the staff at Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway, Thank You.
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